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In May 2014 Nyrstar (an integrated metals and mining business) reached an agreement with the South Australia Government and Federal Government to invest AUD 563 million to redevelop the Port Pirie Smelter into an advanced polymetallic processing and recovery facility. The application of the new state-of-the-art proven technology will also deliver a range of environmental benefits which will deliver a significantly improved environmental footprint through a reduced emissions profile.
In conjunction with Nyrstar and the shipping lines transporting materials and equipment, Patrick has been assisting in the planning and execution of the smelter’s redevelopment. For the past nine months, the Patrick Stevedoring teams in Whyalla, Port Pirie and Adelaide have worked together to deliver the best possible service to Nyrstar, including discharging cargo from the vessels using their specialist skills and equipment to handle dual lifts, and single lifts, up to 160 metric tonne. Patrick’s South Australian teams have been working in an efficient and timely manner, whilst ensuring the cargo is unloaded with no damage or injuries.
Bill Brodie, Business Manager at Whyalla and Port Pirie, says “When local labour is in demand and can’t be sourced, we bring in people from our other sites at Darwin, Port Kembla, Newcastle and Port Lincoln. Everyone from Patrick involved in the project has brought a positive attitude and commitment to achieve the best results possible – all helping to ensure we are the preferred stevedoring company when work is being tendered for.”
Over the past nine months, there have been five project vessels at Port Pirie, and Patrick have been the successful stevedores each time. Feedback from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive:
“I would like to thank all the crew, for their dedication and perseverance under some very trying conditions.” Wynn Wynbegen, Project Manager, Geodis Wilson Australia
“Please pass on the Transformation team’s thanks to all involved in unloading the ship in a very efficient manner, while ensuring minimal disruption to the railways, Nyrstar plant and most importantly, the Port Pirie community.” Neil Campbell, Area Superintendent, Port Pirie Development
Bill Brodie couldn’t be prouder of his teams, “…our customers have been very pleased with the efforts of our teams. I would like to commend all the boys for their commitment to making Patrick a safe, efficient and productive working environment.”
This article first appeared on blog.asciano.com.au
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